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I Have a Dysfunctional Family

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    Learning To Accept My Dysfunctional Family

    Everyone wants to have the perfect family. You know, the one where every one loves each other, are happy to be together, and family members gets along well with each other. Holidays are celebrated together, accomplishments are encouraged etc. The fact is, most families are far...
    Amantcul Amantcul 56-60, M 2 Responses Apr 24, 2012

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    I wish my husband would stand up to his adult

    children and stop enabling their destructive behavior. Getting custody of his kids is the worst mistake we ever made. I've been supporting them for almost 15 years now & get treated like a piece of crappie while they praise their mother who only knows how to use people. I...
    vbdolphins vbdolphins 36-40, F 1 Response Jun 10

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    I wish I knew what it felt like having a warm

    loving family. People who love you and are there for you no matter what the circumstances are. My family has broken me down to the point I don't want to live anymore.
    foreveralone22 foreveralone22 22-25, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I am so angry I cannot

    even think about it. If I don't do drugs, receive government assistance, have one or more baby daddys who's behavior I am obsessively analyze,and constantly beg others for money than I have nothing in common with any of them and I can't belong at all. **** them
    honestlyanonymouslyme honestlyanonymouslyme 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 4

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    I realized there were no texts

    as of yet from my family and my sister had constructed a party that her own children would enjoy knowing I hated swimming. She told me I can buy guest passes for her kids. I told her it is my birthday I'm not buying things for other people and you know I hate swimming. She is...
    honestlyanonymouslyme honestlyanonymouslyme 22-25, F Jun 5

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    Something about the cold winter makes me feel

    more vulnerable and more alone. I called my mom today to ask her for a favor and of course she guilt tripped me and then I retorted back condescending remarks about the role that she still has yet to fulfill. As I mocked her parenting abilities I was waiting for her to...
    KelseyLeigh123 KelseyLeigh123 22-25, F Nov 15, 2014

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    If I Have An Evil Step Mother, Where'S My Prince?

    Two years ago, I moved out from my house. Not by choice but because my step mom kicked me out and what hurts most is that my dad proceeded to allow her to do this. I lived with my mom for about a month afterward but that didn't last long before we started fighting as well. I now...
    bug14 bug14 22-25, F 4 Responses Nov 5, 2013

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    They stress me out. I'm still learning how to

    not let their nonsense influence me negatively.
    Lsj01 Lsj01 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 22

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    TellySR TellySR 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 7, 2014

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    I always knew my family was all kinds of ******

    up but I found something out recently that left me angrier and more repulsed than ever. My aunt could never have kids and for years I thought she just had fertility problems. Turns out my grandfather raped her so much when she was younger that it completely damaged her uterine...
    psychh psychh 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    My both of my parents are deceased.

    They had a horrible marriage. My father married my mother because she was pretty and my mother married my father because he had a nice job. They had a bitter divorce and the whole kid thing was sorta confusing. They both passed away in the last 18 months ---I knew more...
    robertsnj robertsnj 46-50, M 2 Responses Nov 20, 2014

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    tomorrow my niece gets married!

    I'm so happy.. excited to go, but then I'm so scared, nervous because I'll be in the same place as some of my biological family. I haven't spoken to, or seen my father and his wife in 8 months, although he tried to call and get ahold of me during my birthday last Saturday. I...
    mudflap73 mudflap73 41-45, F 2 Responses Jun 5

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    When i was 12 a torture began

    that i would endure for another 2 years. My dad was an awful man, and there are days i still wake up crying, and terrified. I tell you this because ive been told its good to talk about it. To tell people, and ep has become the only place i can truly talk about things.
    Ashleyy2 Ashleyy2 18-21, F 14 Responses Aug 13, 2014

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    Whoever says they don't have a dysfunctional

    family is just lying to themselves.
    thatgirlkay thatgirlkay 22-25, F 5 Responses Apr 27, 2014

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    Apparently my first cousin moved into the same

    town as my family. We only found out because my uncle decided to tell my father that my cousin had a baby. Apparently my uncle is scared my father might actually talk to his niece. What a crime that would be. My brother is the same way, he no longer talks to anyone from my...
    Kingshelman Kingshelman 31-35, M 2 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    I am in the midst of writing a book about my

    dysfunctional family and I have a strong feeling it could be a best seller simply because of all that it encompasses. It's like an entire season of Jerry Springer which is a comical way to look at it but it's also painfully trivializing to say those two things are analogous. I...
    KelseyLeigh123 KelseyLeigh123 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 2, 2014

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    So for many of those whom may have already

    noticed or will eventually. I am not one for normal family lifestyles or relations.. However! With that said, despite my love for the taboo I do not enjoy when people engage topics involving my Mother or Sisters... They are both an extremely quick turn off and mood killer for me...
    TheCuddlySuccubi TheCuddlySuccubi 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 22

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    Found out that my mom has $22,

    000 dollars out of the $150,000 from my dad's insurance since he got hit by a car in the 90s. The little she has she'll use towards her retirement. She admitted to her friend that with his money she bought a new car. I know she also spent his money on gambling, buying clothes for...
    XxWolverinexX XxWolverinexX 18-21 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Happy Father's Day. The awkward,

    emotional day when my mother makes us but several cards for all of our past 'father figures'. So basically every ex boyfriend, husband, or lover of hers that my sisters and I have met over the last ten years.
    antihero98 antihero98 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 21

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    My mom and I were homeless.

    Mom was basically dying and I had dropped out of high school. And I was at my aunt's "house." My aunt told her boyfriend that I was a "gift" for him. So my mom called my dad and begged him to let me stay with him so that I could finish high school and not be homeless and...
    Acebo Acebo 18-21, F 11 Responses Aug 10, 2014

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    Just wanted to thank my parents

    for never signing me up for swim lessons as a child and now I can't take a decent vacation as an adult. Also wanted to thank them for never teaching me how to skate, ski, or snowboard. I can't have fun as an adult now. I've attempted to learn all these things as an adult and...
    rballa rballa 31-35, F 3 Responses Jun 17

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    I'm Scared of My Mother

    That sounds lame, maybe, but my mother can be scary. She has extreme mood swings, and even to this day I don't know how to deal with her. She will want to go out for mother daughter time, when maybe the night before she called me full of hate, anger, resentment, etc. I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 18 Responses Jul 19, 2009

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    And right now my mom is ******* me off

    so ******* badly. I want to borrow her car on tuesday in order to pick my best friend whom I haven't seen in awhile but she lets my younger sister who is on a permit drive four hours away and back BY HERSELF and wont let me, a licensed 22 year old, to drive to a destination that...
    EclecticDay EclecticDay 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 13

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    Picture it mixture of the Osbournes,

    The Munsters, The Adams Family, now picture taking them to an Opera! yeah that about sums it up...lmao
    AngeleyesUponU AngeleyesUponU 41-45, F 4 Responses Jun 7

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    I'm amazed that family is still

    even together. I really envy my brother and sister who have already moved out. my dad is a perfectionist with anger, trust AND control issues, and my mom is emotional and submissive. my dad ALWAYS points out the flaws in others, and always blames others for something that goes...
    Azeazal Azeazal 16-17, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I Wounder why I was born into my family,

    can they never get together without me having to break up fights at 4am every day? can we never just have a nice family holiday together, if that's too much then don't come I am sick and tired of all this ****. thank you dear family for ruining Christmas for the 5th year in a...
    anneloves anneloves 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 22, 2014

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    My parents are stupid.

    if you are here to tell me my parents know better dont respond. They are just so stupid it is sad. It's impossible to conversate with them. For example me and my mom were arguing over god, and whether your a christian or not I have nothing against you, the point is how the...
    gamesmlg gamesmlg 13-15, M 2 Responses Jun 20

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    It's just what it is.

    A family you can never bind together cuz of pride, hate, envy and so much things going on. Just like that.
    DarkSoul07 DarkSoul07 22-25, F Apr 11, 2014

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    I realized there were no texts

    as of yet from my family and my sister had constructed a party that her own children would enjoy knowing I hated swimming. She told me I can buy guest passes for her kids. I told her it is my birthday I'm not buying things for other people and you know I hate swimming. She is...
    honestlyanonymouslyme honestlyanonymouslyme 22-25, F Jun 5

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    It's Father's Day and I feel obligated to call

    him and wish him a happy Father's Day. Not because I think he deserves it.
    rballa rballa 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 21

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    As much as I hate to admit it,

    I'd be bored if there wasn't so much crazy **** blowing up all over the place due to my apeshit kin. In the past 3 months a cousin who attempted to kill my grandmother and an aunt who was recently kicked out of rehab, move in with the very same grandmother. It's actually quite...
    oddkinks oddkinks 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 4

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    These days I find the phrase "I'm just too

    busy" to be offensive. I grew up with a father who overused that phrase. I'm very busy. I don't have time. You would think he was finding the cure for world hunger with his professed lack of time. Now I'm an adult and juggling a career and chores and a social life and...
    rballa rballa 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 18

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    I don't know how the **** I'm related to some

    people in my family. Everybody knows how pissed and angry I get when a very sensitive subject is brought up in front of me. For the past 5 years I have asked them and even begged please don't bring it up it just hurts me and really ****** me off and they do it anyways. It's like...
    sancjo88 sancjo88 26-30, M 3 Responses Jun 2

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    kico4 kico4 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 20

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    If there's one thing I'm always jealous about

    other people is them having a happy family.
    gwenllian gwenllian 26-30, F 6 Responses Sep 20, 2014

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    I Have A Dysfunctional Family

    So here's my story. I grew up in a very emotionally abusive home. My dad who was a former alcoholic had rage and anger issues that would constantly spill out onto us, he would blame us for everything under the sun all the time. I just remembered being scared that I was going to...
    z4e71 z4e71 31-35, F Nov 19, 2013

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    When I was 13 I got mad at my dad

    for something. I don't even remember what. So in typical 13 yo girl fashion I gave him the silent treatment. He refused to speak to me as well because apparently he is no more mature than a 13 yo girl. This lasted the entire summer. I was the bigger person and broke the silence...
    rballa rballa 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 16

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    We are dysfunctional

    as in we are all crazy together and are nothing alike. I have 4 kids ages ranging from 2 - 12. My oldest is Melanie who is 12. She is on the soccer team, softball team, and volleyball team. Kira is 8 and she is artistic. She is always wanting to paint and draw and make crafts...
    leighcarson4 leighcarson4 36-40, F Jun 14

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    Normal

    Funny how I view dysfunction as "normal" until I see what a normal life actually is. Sometimes my family reminds me of a bunch of string, tied together tighter then what is comfortable. I'm the stray piece trying to cut myself loose, but alas, a piece of string has no hands...
    RunningBlue RunningBlue 18-21, F 2 Responses May 26, 2011

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    Okay look I really want an answer of advice,

    I have a really interesting life and some might like to hear it as well as help me out, but if it is too long or people think its dumb fine ignore it. I am 14 years old from Las Vegas, I am homeschooled online and typically do it by myself. As a madder of fact I registered...
    gamesmlg gamesmlg 13-15, M 1 Response Jun 7

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    This is really ******

    for me to say but I Keep leaving my family then coming back to them. Away from my loved ones is my sentence served in exile and self-loving personal growth attained. I may seem like a terrible person for leaving my family at months at a time and to only come back, but what is...
    Orchards Orchards 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 3

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    They dug up my flowers at grandmas grave

    and threw away my seashells
    katariffik katariffik 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 19

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    I Am Not...

    I am not your punching bag, your inferior, or your animal. I am not made of stone, I have feelings and I don't forget. Things could have been so much more, If you only would have let it. You were my role model, my friend, and my everything. Well you had to go and **** that up...
    Canadian45 Canadian45 22-25 1 Response Nov 15, 2012

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    GlitzandGlamber GlitzandGlamber 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 4

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    I am writing in hopes of keeping what happened

    in my husbands family and between my husband and my self from happening to any one else, Yesterday morning after my husband went to get the mail my husband opened a large business envelope and went with it out to the barn, A little latter I went out there I went out to find...
    isis55 isis55 51-55, F Jun 11

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    My mother is illogical

    and irrational. She is beyond nosy and loves to eavesdrop on everyone else's private conversations. She is an authoritarian type who enjoys criticizing and belittling others, and constantly jumps to conclusions that have absolutely no basis in reality. For her, the only...
    justsharing justsharing 56-60, F 3 Responses Nov 1, 2014

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